Everyone played, some lost: Winter break sports recap

Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star Reporter

While many UAF students spent their winter break away from campus, the Nanooks competed in 28 sporting events across seven different sports: hockey, rifle, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s swimming, and men’s and women’s skiing. This is a quick sport-by-sport recap for those who didn’t get to see all the action over the month-long break. One of these involves an upset of a nationally ranked team.


The Alaska Nanook Rifle team posted a season-high score of 2345 in the smallbore discipline during its Jan. 18 match against the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Nanooks went on to win that match at the Patty Center, 4687-4648. The Blue and Gold also beat the Air Force Falcons, 4680-4624, on Jan. 9.


The Alaska Nanook Hockey team won two games, lost three, and and another game ended in a tie. Their first win came against the Minnesota State Mavericks on Jan. 3 with the other coming against the Northern Michigan Wildcats on Jan. 17. The Nanooks’ three losses were against the Mavericks on Jan. 4, Bowling Green on Jan. 10, and the Wildcats on Jan. 17. The Nanooks tied with Bowling Green on Jan. 11.

Men’s Basketball

The Alaska Nanook Men’s Basketball team hosted and beat the Western Washington Vikings on Saturday, Jan. 4. Going into that game, the Vikings were ranked 15th in the nation and among the top two teams in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The Nanooks’ other victories came against Northland International, Simon Fraser, Montana State-Billings, Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene. The Nanooks’ only loss during the break came against Seattle Pacific on Jan. 9.

Women’s Basketball

The Alaska Nanook Women’s Basketball team went won two games over the break, but lost another three. The Nanooks’ wins came against Central Washington on Jan. 2 and Saint Martin’s on Jan. 9. The Nanooks’ three losses were against Northwest Nazarene, Western Oregon and Alaska Anchorage.


The Alaska Nanook Swim team won three individual meets on Jan. 4, beating the Biola Eagles, Fresno Pacific Sunbirds and Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. Freshman Accounting student Victoria Adams won three events and senior Psychology student Bente Heller won two events. Freshman Business Administration student Kathryn Pound and junior Political Science student Margot Adams each won one event. The Nanooks lost the next five meets against Loyola Marymount twice, California State Bakersfield, Pepperdine University, and the University of California San Diego.

Men’s Skiing

U.S. Nationals

Juniors Jonas Loffler and Logan Hanneman finished fourth in their respective quarterfinal heats during the final day of competition.

Telemark Distance Series

Four Nanook skiers finished in the top 10 on Jan. 18: Max Olex in sixth, Micha Fehrenbach seventh, Hanneman eighthand Loffler ninth. Fehrenbach won the 10-kilometer classic race on Jan. 19.

Women’s Skiing

U.S. Nationals

Nicole Bathe won the Bronze medal in 1.5-kilometer classic sprint race on Jan. 10.

Telemark Distance Series

Three Nanook skiers finished in the top five in the 10-kilometer free skate mass start race on Jan. 18: Bathe third, Heather Edic fourth and Alyson Mcphetres fifth.

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